USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility has provided the following weekly weather/crop highlights:
EUROPE: Showers Ease Stress On Southern Corn
- Showers ease stress on filling corn from Italy into the northern Balkans, while heat continues to reduce corn and sunflower yield prospects in the lower Danube River Valley.
- A break from persistent wetness promotes small grain and oilseed maturation and harvesting over much of northern Europe, although showers linger in northwestern Germany.
MIDDLE EAST: Seasonably Dry, Hot Weather Accelerates Cotton Development
- Seasonably hot, dry weather accelerates cotton development but maintains high irrigation demands.
FSU: Mostly Hot And Dry
- Generally dry, hot weather accelerates wheat drydown and harvesting in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia, although the heat is untimely for silking corn and reproductive sunflowers.
- Heat and dryness continue to reduce yield prospects for filling spring wheat in Russia’s Siberia District, while showers prevent additional yield losses in northern Kazakhstan.
SOUTH ASIA: Improving Moisture In The West; Still Too Dry In Gujarat
- Monsoon rains in eastern India maintain adequate soil moisture for rice.
- Recent rainfall improves moisture conditions for cotton and soybeans in western India, although conditions remain too dry for groundnuts and dryland cotton in Gujarat.
EAST ASIA: Hot Weather And Little Rainfall On The North China Plain
- Spotty showers provide little relief for summer crops on the North China Plain as excessive heat prevails.
- Widespread, heavy showers maintain abundant soil moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans across northeastern China while improving moisture conditions in eastern Heilongjiang.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: Too Dry In Northeastern Thailand
- Unseasonably dry weather continues to reduce moisture supplies for rice in northeastern Thailand.
- Tropical Cyclone Soala increases rainfall for corn and rice as it passes by the Philippines.
AUSTRALIA: Drying Trend Continues In The West; Favorable Elsewhere
- In east-central Australia, mostly sunny skies and adequate moisture supplies benefit winter wheat.
- Widespread showers favor wheat, barley, and canola development in southeastern Australia.
- Showers in Western Australia are too light and widely scattered to significantly benefit winter crops.
SOUTH AMERICA: Mostly Dry Weather Continues
- Cool, dry weather promotes the final stage of the Argentine corn harvest but moisture is becoming limited for winter grain germination.
- In Brazil, showers benefit southern-most winter grains but drier weather prevails for sugarcane and coffee harvesting.
MEXICO: Showers Benefit Crops And Reservoirs
- Seasonal showers continue across the south and northwest, benefiting corn and other rain-fed summer crops while helping to recharge reservoirs.
CANADA: Warmth Advances Prairie Crops; Rain For Ontario
- Warm, showery weather promotes rapid growth of spring grains and oilseeds.
- In Ontario, rain brings some needed relief from heat and dryness to corn and soybeans.